Like most Philadelphia natives, I know the sound of a Philadelphia accent:
“So I tollum straight up, ‘Yo, Paulie, your sister’s wit me. And we’re gawna ride widges down-ashore or this car don’t make it past Pashunk Avenue!’ ”
And like most Philadelphia natives, I don’t hear any accent in my voice when ordering kawfee at the Melrose or wooder ice at Rita’s. Yanohwaddamean?
Seriously, me? An accent? Fuhgeddaboudit.
Nevertheless, I was disturbed by the recent headline “The Strange Decline of the Philly Accent” in the Atlantic magazine‘s online site, www.theatlanticcities.com.
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